Since his early performances in such films as “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “Diner” and “Footloose,” Kevin Bacon has remained one of the industry’s most consistently busy, diverse and respected actors.
Bacon has succeeded in memorable lead roles as well as in such major ensemble dramas as “JFK,” “A Few Good Men,” “Apollo 13” and “Mystic River.”
More recently, he appeared in an eclectic mix of independent and studio features including “The Woodsman” (in which he boldly played a paroled pedophile) and “Frost/Nixon.”
For his acclaimed performance in the 2009 HBO telefilm “Taking Chance,” Bacon won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award as well as an Emmy award nomination.
Bacon’s 1994 comment that he had “worked with everybody in Hollywood or someone who’s worked with them” spawned the popular game and cultural reference “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” in which players must connect Bacon to any film actor in history in six links or less. Bacon initially distanced himself from the game but later embraced it.